Skip to comments.Democratic mayors attempt to enact gun control via economic threats
Posted on 02/04/2013 8:03:44 AM PST by JohnPierce
The National Conference of Democratic Mayors wants more gun control and they are frustrated that, because of gun owners like you who vote, they cannot achieve it through legislation.
So they have a backup plan. They are going to use taxpayer dollars, in the form of contracts to supply law enforcement agencies, to threaten manufacturers who do not voluntarily enact their draconian proposals.
And they are not trying to hide their agenda. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, who leads the group, proudly announced the details of the plan after the NCDM meeting in January.
When we were lobbying on Capitol Hill, it became clear that our goal of trying to pass laws that make it easier to make our communities safe was going to be opposed by the gun and ammunition manufacturers. We recognize as mayors, we help fund that, because we are one of the largest purchasers of guns and ammunition in the country.
So at the Democratic mayors meeting last night, we agreed that we would all go back to our communities, gather information from our police chiefs and procurement officers about how many guns and how much ammunition we purchase, bring that in from the Democratic mayors so that we have a common list of how much money were spending, what purchases are pending and who were buying from. [This data will then be handed over to New York Mayor Bloomberg's anti-gun group in order for the manufacturers to be rated.]
Then were going to do everything we can as mayors to use the collective buying power of many millions of dollars in guns and ammunition, to support those who will support common-sense laws and oppose those who are fighting us in Congress.
Let me summarize that for you. These Democratic mayors are going to punish those who exercise their constitutional right to petition the government. And they will use YOUR tax dollars to conduct this attack on the shooting sports industry.
However, this plan might just backfire on the cities these mayors represent. Lets do a little math. According to the ATF, in 2012 American consumers (not including government purchases) purchased almost 19 MILLION firearms. If we use a conservative average of $500 per transaction, that is 9.5 BILLION dollars worth of sales to consumers. And that number doesnt even take accessories and ammunition into account.
So if you were the CEO of a company that sells firearms in America and you had the choice to anger those who bought 9.5 BILLION dollars worth of guns or face a possible boycott from those who bought a couple millions dollars worth, which would you choose?
There is precedent. It took years and a change in ownership for Smith & Wesson to recover from the consumer anger that was directed against them when they caved into similar demands by the Clinton Administration.
In fact, manufacturers should consider going all-in and completely refusing to sell to local and state government in those states that enact draconian laws. In this too there is precedent. When California moved to ban the 50 caliber rifles that Barrett Manufacturing pioneered, company CEO Ronnie Barrett told Californias government agencies to go elsewhere with their business.
Barrett cannot legally sell any of its products to lawbreakers. Therefore, since Californias passing of AB50, the state is not in compliance with the US Constitutions 2nd and 14th Amendments, and we will not sell nor service any of our products to any government agency of the State of California.
If every manufacturer in the country were to band together and do the same it would have an immediate and devastating impact. Its time the gun industry adopted the tactics of those who would destroy it.
After all, those mayors certainly want the men guarding them and THEIR families to be armed. It is just YOUR family that is disposable.
Extortion? Illegal? (Except when the government does it?)
They seem to be able to get away with anything. :(
We do not sell to the states of California, New York, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, and a few others. We also do not offer anything we produce to any locality that prohibits lawful sale of that product to law abiding citizens.
If they enact any more Federal gun control, we’re cutting off the Government completely and cancelling all current contracts.
I DARE all other manufacturers to follow suit.
Near as I could tell, the sales at our local sports store last Friday (line was around the store) sold more weapons just in my town than will be purchased by the police of the entire state during 2013.
Perhaps the gun manufacturers (honorable and composed of craftsmen with talent and ability) should tell the liberal city politicians (dishonorable with no discernible talent) to shove it up their collective Obamas.
We’ll see how the populace acts when these dorks are forced to purchase weapons manufactured outside the country.
LE sales make up only a tiny portion of gun manufacturer sales. They should simply refuse to sell to the freedom/gun-hating, commie governments.
Good for you! I wonder about putting a “product recall” bulletin out for all items sold, in the past, to gov’t agencies.
Newark's common sense Democrat mayor..
I wonder what is the total number of purchases controlled by the dimocratic mayors, nation wide? I also wonder about the total number of purchases controlled by non-dimocratic mayors?
Don't even address the number of purchases by the average citizens! We are seeing just the tip of the iceberg over the last few months when it comes to that number.
So, what are the gun and ammo malefactors going to listen to? The majority of their buyers or a small minority with loads of support from the LMSM? My personal bet is the group that makes the cash register ring the most not the one with the shills behind it.
I’m sure there’s some Chinese companies that will sell to the government agencies when all American patriotic companies tell them to go screw themselves.
I hope you still like Booker,when you find out he’s on
the down lo’.
Look it up, Democrap suckas.
But, since the Constitution is no longer operative, they won't, 'cuz they care nothing about the rule of law.
And of course, those importers may have unsavory ties to the NRA and similar organizations, too. But there's no need for these retards to worry - I'm betting that Feinstein's husband is setting up the pipeline they need.
I'm sure there's still a bunch of surplus 1895 Nagant revolvers to be had out there... and those would go so well with the Soviet mindset on display. I wonder if they'll pay the extra $$ for "hand-picked" examples (translation: muzzles wiped clean of singed neck hairs)?
Thank you for taking such a principled stand!
That is an amazing statistic!
That is an impressive business ethic!!!
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